Liverpool's interest in Alexis Sanchez and Adam Lallana is currently making the headlines; two deals that would signal huge intent from the Premier League runner-ups.
Luis Suarez, so often linked with a move away from Anfield, also continues to grab key column space as we enter the madness that is the summer transfer window.
Here we provide the latest updates on all three players.
Latest on Liverpool's Potential Transfer Activity
In: Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona
Liverpool's excellent season ensures they can now be considered in the running for the world's best players. Sanchez, who enjoyed a fantastic personal campaign with Barcelona, is certainly in that category. He joins Lallana on Brendan Rodgers' wish list, according to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star:
Kop boss Brendan Rodgers is already chasing Southampton’s England talent Adam Lallana. And now Liverpool—like Arsenal—have been told Sanchez wants to quit Barca because he wants more starts. A deal won’t be done, though, until Sanchez, 25, has played for Chile at the World Cup.
Sanchez's game adheres to the style Rodgers has implemented at Anfield. His pace in possession, eye for a quick pass and deadliness in front of goal would slot straight into a side that looks to attack with relentless intent. The Chile star is also versatile enough to play on either wing or as a striker, ensuring Rodgers' side have a world-class alternative to Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.
A combined total of 43 appearances in La Liga and the Champions League saw Sanchez net 19 goals and provide 11 assists last season, per WhoScored.com. He destroyed England with a virtuoso two-goal performance during a recent Wembley friendly, a match that likely forced many local scouts to take notice.
Sanchez recently netted a thumping strike in Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid. Although the goal wasn't enough to see the Spanish club take this year's title, his instinctive finishing prowess was once again demonstrated.
In: Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, Southampton
Mauricio Pochettino will be bracing himself at Southampton. Although reports of Liverpool's interest in Lallana have done the rounds recently, Dejan Lovren's name can now be added to the mix in a worrying development for those at St. Mary's.
David Maddock of the Mirror reports a potential south coast invasion:
Liverpool are preparing a sensational £40million double swoop for Southampton stars Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.
The Anfield giants' manager Brendan Rodgers wants to make the Saints an offer they can't refuse for the duo...and a massive statement of intent for next season, when the five-times winners return to the Champions League/European Cup.
Both players would offer Rodgers proven quality. Like Sanchez, Lallana's technical ability would excel behind their strikers. He is also more than capable of skipping beyond opponents with a clever flick or trick, but he doesn't offer the same pace or natural goalscoring threat as the Barcelona man.
Lovren has overcome a difficult time at Lyon to establish himself in England. The powerful defender proved to be a shrewd purchase by the Saints and is more than capable of tightening up a Liverpool back four that played a huge role in the Reds' late-season capitulation.
Rodgers needs a centre-back he can rely on, someone who commands across the pitch. Lovren is the type of character who would excel with added responsibility.
Out: Luis Suarez
Another transfer window, another suggestion that Luis Suarez will leave. While these reports circulate like clockwork, Liverpool fans will take any reported interest very seriously. Rob Shepherd of the Daily Mail indicates Real Madrid "are primed to start mind games" for the 27-year-old whose "value would rise to the £100 million mark" if this goes ahead.
The suggestion is that Barcelona will also court the Uruguayan, pushing his value to a world record high. Shepherd indicates Madrid will begin to drop "come and join us messages" across Spanish media channels that favour the Bernabeu club in order to place seeds of doubt in Suarez's mind.
This is likely to have come a year too late. Suarez now has Champions League football to enjoy at Liverpool, a home he confirmed he is "happy" in, per the Press Association and via the Guardian. Despite Edinson Cavani, his international teammate, claiming Madrid is Suarez's "dream club," Liverpool's recent resurgence may be enough to keep the prolific striker in England, reported by James Andrew of the Daily Mail.
Suarez's continued presence at Anfield is more important than any signing Liverpool can realistically land. He is a world-class striker, equal to Cristiano Ronaldo in this year's Golden Shoe competition, highlighting his ability to make a constant difference for the Reds. He will only become more important next season, with Rodgers' side facing Champions League football.
Liverpool have the makings of an exceptional side. Rodgers' squad continue to develop and appear fearless under their manager's attacking style, but their incisive game would be blown out of the water if Suarez left. This team would be equipped to challenge across all fronts with a couple of world-class signings, but they must overlook the lure of hefty funds when dismissing interest for their star asset.
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